The little girl has been dead for 96 years. But then she opens her eyes

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In Palermo, Sicily, there’s a 100-year-old cloister built by Capuchin monks that’s famous for its crypt, filled with 2,000 mummies. Stored in a glass sarcophagus is one very particular person who found her final resting place there, a little girl.

Rosalia Lombardo was just two years old when she died of pneumonia in 1920. Her father, an Italian military officer named Mario Lombardo, almost died of grief after his little girl was taken away. Then he decided to do something that would preserve the beautiful child he loved so much: he commissioned an embalmer called Alfredo Salafia to prepare his daughter’s body. This involved replacing her bodily fluids with formaldehyde and treating the corpse with alcohol. The result is astonishing.

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The toddler with sweet blond locks and a peaceful look seems like she might have just dozed off and could wake up at any moment, despite having died nearly 100 years ago. And this body has a creepy secret that’s made quite a few people wonder if it’s really dead or not.

Numerous visitors have witnessed what should be impossible: Rosalia opens and closes her eyes!

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Experts explain that it’s caused by an optical illusion from light and her already slightly open eyelids. But when you see it, you’ll get goosebumps just as generations of other visitors have.

Rosalia Lombardo, the sleeping beauty of the crypt, is one of the best preserved mummies on Earth and has fascinated people from all over the world. This little girl’s legend may just survive for another hundred years…

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The word God is the product of human weakness

The word God is the product of human weakness

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In January of 1954, just a year before his death, Albert Einstein wrote the following letter to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, “Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt“, and made known his views on religion. Apparently Einstein had only read the book due to repeated recommendation by their mutual friend Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwer. The letter was bought at auction in May 2008, for £170,000; unsurprisingly, one of the unsuccessful bidders was Richard Dawkins.

Translated transcript follows.

(Source: David Victor; Image: Albert Einstein,via.)

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Translated Transcript

Princeton, 3. 1. 1954

Dear Mr Gutkind,

Inspired by Brouwer’s repeated suggestion, I read a great deal in your book, and thank you very much for lending it to me. What struck me was this: with regard to the factual attitude to life and to the human community we have a great deal in common. Your personal ideal with its striving for freedom from ego-oriented desires, for making life beautiful and noble, with an emphasis on the purely human element. This unites us as having an “unAmerican attitude.”

Still, without Brouwer’s suggestion I would never have gotten myself to engage intensively with your book because it is written in a language inaccessible to me. The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can change this for me. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions isan incarnation of the most childish superstition. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong, and whose thinking I have a deep affinity for, have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything “chosen” about them.

In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew the privilege of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision, probably as the firstone. And the animistic interpretations of the religions of nature are in principle not annulled by monopolization. With such walls we can only attain a certain self-deception, but our moral efforts are not furthered by them. On the contrary.

Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, i.e; in our evaluations of human behavior. What separates us are only intellectual “props” and “rationalization” in Freud’s language. Therefore I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.

With friendly thanks and best wishes,

Yours,

A. Einstein

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Hawking: ‘I’m an atheist, science is more convincing than God’

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The world’s preeminent theoretical physicist has explicitly acknowledged for the first time that he is an atheist, explaining that “science offers a more convincing explanation” of the origins of the universe than ‘God.’

In an article published in the leading Spanish daily El Mundo, Hawking clarified an in famous passage in his international best selling book A Brief History of Time, in which he wrote:

“If we discover a complete [unifying] theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we should know the mind of God.”“What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t,” Hawking, 72, told El Mundo reporter Pablo Jáuregui. “I’m an atheist.”

“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe,” said Hawking. “But now science offers a more convincing explanation.”Although Hawking does not believe in any supernatural ‘God,’ he is convinced that earth isn’t the only planet harboring intelligent life.“The idea that we are alone in the universe seems to me completely implausible and arrogant,” Hawking told El Mundo. “

Considering the number of planets and stars that we know exist, it’s extremely unlikely that we are the only form of evolved life.”But Hawking warned humans would be wise to proceed with extreme caution when attempting to reach out to extraterrestrial beings, comparing any first contact to Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas.

“[That] didn’t turn out very wellfor the Native Americans,” he noted.

Hawking, who has previously stated that he doesn’t believe humanity will survive the next thousand years “unless we spread into space,” reiterated his assertion that space exploration was humankind’s best hope for long-term survival.

“It could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonizing other planets,” he said.

Hawking’s ‘coming out’ was among the worst-kept secrets in the world of science. He has strongly hinted at his atheism on numerous occasions.

In a 2010 conversation with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, Hawking was asked if he believed the origin of life on earth is nothing more than coincidence.

“The existence of the earth and the properties that made it possible for biological life to develop depend on a very fine balance between the so-called constants of nature,” he explained. “If they were more than slightly different, either planets like the earth would not occur or the chemical processes necessary for life would not take place.”

“One might take this as evidence of a divine creator, but an alternative explanation is what is known as the multiverse,” Hawking continued. “The idea is that there are many possible universes [and] only in the small number of universes that are suitable will intelligence beings develop and be able to ask the question, ‘Why is the universe so carefully designed?’

“Hawking has even resorted to the sort of provocative anti-religion rhetoric that made Dawkins a household name and the world’s most famous atheist.

Comparing the human brain toa computer, Hawking suggested to the Guardian in a 2011 interview that ‘heaven’ was a “fairy story.”

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” he explained when asked what happens when people die. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
When asked by ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2010 whether there was a way to reconcile science and religion, Hawking cited a “fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason.”

“Science will win because it works,” he asserted.Still, Hawking has also occasionally confused observers by seemingly leaving the door open to the possibility of a ‘God.’

During a 2010 CNN interview with Larry King, for example, Hawking said, “God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.

”But his “we could know the mind of God” passage has been seized upon by some religious believers, who erroneously claim Hawking is aman of faith, or at least an agnostic. His latest comments, however, leave no doubt abou this atheist beliefs.

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